The Kitchen House

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Kennebec Large Print, 2012 - Fiction - 625 pages
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Lavinia, a seven-year-old Irish orphan with no memory of her past, arrives on a tobacco plantation where she is put to work as an indentured servant. Placed with the slaves in the kitchen house under the care of Belle, the master's illegitimate daughter, Lavinia becomes deeply bonded to her new adopted family, even though she is forever set apart from them by her white skin. As Lavinia is slowly accepted into the world of the big house, where the master is absent and the mistress battles an opium addiction, she finds herself perilously straddling two very different worlds. When Lavinia marries the master's troubled son and takes on the role of mistress, loyalties are brought into question, dangerous truths are laid bare and lives are put at risk. The Kitchen House is a tragic story of page-turning suspense, exploring the meaning of family, where love and loyalty prevail..

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User Review  - BEGivens - LibraryThing

3.5 stars, rounding up I would highly recommend this book. The author really makes the characters come alive. It got to the point where I referred to my reading time before bed as my time with Lavinia ... Read full review

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User Review  - nicolewbrown - LibraryThing

The book opens in the 1790s with the Captain returning from a long voyage overseas to his tobacco plantation in Virginia with an eight-year-old girl, Lavinia, in tow. Her parents were indentured to ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Kathleen Grissom now lives in Virginia, where she and her husband live in the plantation tavern they renovated. In addition to The Kitchen House, she is also the author of Glory Over Everything.

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